Finchtoberfest: Darwin Brewing Co., 803 17th Ave. W., Bradenton, will host a Finchtoberfest celebration beginning at noon Sept. 20 in conjunction with the opening of the annual Munich Oktoberfest in Germany. The event will include free food, live music and a special release German-style lager. Finchtoberfest is free and open to the public. Brewmaster Jorge Rosabal, trained and educated in Germany, will be on hand for tastings of his newly created Finchtoberfest Marzen-style lager, a medium-bodied amber lager brewed in the Oktoberfest beer tradition. 13 Darwin Brewing Co. beers will also be on tap. Darwin's on 4th in Sarasota will cater the event, offering free food to guests from 2 to 6 p.m. with Chef Darwin Santa Maria grilling German bratwurst and Peruvian favorites. Limited edition Darwin Brewing Co. Oktoberfest beer steins will be available for purchase at $20 each, which includes one fill of Darwin Brewing Co. Finchtoberfest lager. Through Oct. 5, guests can bring their stein to the brewery any day during regular hours for Finchtoberfest refills for $8. New hours beginning Sept. 16: 4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and noon Saturday-Sunday. Information: 941-747-1970.
Restaurant hosts fundraisers: Mexicali Border Café will hosting the following fundraisers in September:
Sept. 24: Spirit Night Fundraiser for Tara Elementary
Sept. 30: Spirt Night Fundraiser for Braden River Middle School
Sept. 30: The Food Bank of Manatee will also be hosting Food Fight Eat out to Fight Hunger.
Diners can visit one of the two Bradenton locations for lunch or dinner on the designated dates and a percentage of your total ticket will be donated back at the end of the evening.
Mexicali Border Café is at 5502 Cortez Road and 7303 52nd Place E., Bradenton.
YachtSea Grille wine pairing dinner: YachtSea Grille, 101 Riverfront Drive, Suite 120, Bradenton, is hosting a series of wine tastings monthly. The next one begins at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 30. The six-course menu will include dishes such as fried green tomato topped with red onion confit and gorgonzala sauce, lemon Parmesan shrimp over Old Bay ditalini, chicken Oscar and beef cacciatore served over risi bisi. Cost: $45 for six wines and six courses. Reservations are required as the event is limited to 35 guests. Call 941-896-9660.
wine & COOKING CLASSES
Italian cooking class: Casa Italia, 2080 Constitution Blvd., Sarasota, will hold an Italian cooking class, 6-9 p.m. Sept. 19. Learn how to prepare an authentic Italian feast and enjoy the dishes Chef Frank will be demonstrating, along with a selected estate-bottled wine. The menu includes chicken saltimbocca with lemon caper sauce, asiago stuffed mushrooms, pan-seared zucchini tossed with penne pasta and no-bake lemon parfait with amaretti cookies. Cost: $55 per person. Seating is limited; call 941-924-1179 to reserve your space. The Italian cooking classes are held every month, and feature a different region of Italy and menu.
Apron's classes: Apron's Cooking School at Publix At University Walk, 2875 University Parkway; students may register for all classes online at www.publix.com or by calling 941-358-7829.
Brewers discussion: Motorworks Brewing, 1014 Ninth St. W., Bradenton, will hold a weekly brewers discussion at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays. One or more of our brewers will be give an hour-long discussion on beer styles and brewing. A different Motorworks Brewing beer will be on spotlight with the option to enjoy a snack paired perfectly for it. This educational discussion will include Q&A at the end. This is a free event, open to the public. Everyone from beginning craft beer drinkers to craft beer connoisseurs can learn. Information: 941-567-6218.
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